Summer is winding down into fall. Well for those of you on the east side anyway, and I got to thinking about some of the best summer jams of the 1990’s, and I decided to scour YouTube® for the best of the decade! Of course you all might have different ideas and you’re free to leave those below.
So if you’re planning any Summers end parties and aren’t hiring Luxury STANDARDS Magazine’s official party music spinner DJ Dave Stylus for your event then here’s 10 top summer jams, sure to get your party started.
I’m taking you back to the old school cuz I’m an old fool. Back to when the M in Mtv stood for MUSIC! You know; back when Mtv used to actually play Music videos 24/7? These are the best boom box tracks of the 1990’s based on well MY opinion, and I should know because I was there! So let me ask ya, what do ya know about that?
So after the jump prepare to get your 90’s groove on!
Before we move forward I must say some of the suggestions come from Chris Stout over at ManJr.
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (1990)
Ãƒ€šÃ‚ This was the summer that a trio of former members of New Edition dropped what is arguably one of the best tracks on their debut album. This track really marked the change in the male female dynamic and revealed the epidemic rise of the trouble girl… Well I was with one and man that girl was POISON!
Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (1991)
This track right here is a no brainer to say the least. I mean c’mon it’s pretty much a gimme as the title of the track includes the hottest season of the year. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith a.k.a the Fresh Prince even won a Grammy for the tune in 1991. If you havenÃƒ¢Ã¢€š¬Ã¢€ž¢t heard Kool & the Gang’s extra-relaxing Summer Madness tune, the original track that spawned this beat, you should definitely check it out. It’s like a melting marshmellow of funky feel-goodness.
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson – The Best Thing In Life Are Free (1992)
This track featuring the KING of ALL R&B Luther Vandross and The Queen of Pop Miss Jackson if you’re nasty blazed onto airways in the summer of 1992 leading in on the release of the movie it was the title track from. ‘Mo Money probably didn’t do great at the box office but this song burned it up to say the least
Duice – Dazzey Dukes (1993)
In the absence of 2 Live Crew we can’t think of putting a list of 90’s party tracks together without including a Miami bass track and the Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock Soul Sonic Force. Dazzey Dukes of course named after the short shorts that Nair hair removal products and Catherine Bach of Dukes of Hazzards fame made extremely popular! But hey what man doesn’t like a great ass in a pair of short shorts?
Warren G – Regulate (1994)
I mean really what more is there to say about Regulate? This track could bring out the gangsta boogie in your grandmother! Ãƒ€šÃ‚ Regulate is one of the smoothest hip hop / rap tracks to hit the airwaves. Warren G and Nate Dogg (R.I.P) cast some light on the life in Southern California’s city of Long Beach. With an intro from the 80’s hit movie Young Guns, regulate was an instant hit everywhere! And certain to bring out the gangstas at your end of summer party!
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (1995)
At 6′ 8″ Montell Jordan burst on the scene with this stone cold part track which oddly enough sampled 1980’s hip hop superstar Slick Rick’s Children’s Story. This track could get the dance floors in clubs blazing and certainly became an anthem for the best parties going! I remember throwing this on the wheels of steel and watch the floor light up for sure!
2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre – California Love (1996)
California Love hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the most commercially successful record of 2Pac’s career. The piano riff comes from Joe Cocker’s €œWoman to Woman” which was also sampled by the Ultramagnetic MC. Plus, it sure beats Katy Perry in the Dont-Forget-California’s-Awesome genre.
Let me just pause here and say that selecting 90s summertime RnB jams is kinda hard after about 1997. Not impossible, mind you. Just much more difficult. In 1997, I’ll Be Missing You‚ and Candle in the WindÃ‚ were big hits in the distinctively non-summer memorial-pop category. Not really good for party tunes. 1997 also saw the rise of bands like Aqua, Hanson, Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls. Needless to say, summertimey RnB party music took a big hit that year, but that didn’t stop a certain British RnB artist from reaching the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in early summer 1997 with, you guessed it!
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack (1997)
We bailed them out during WWII and the Brits bailed us out with this groovy track which incidentally also sampled Tom Tom Club’s “Genius Of Love”, maybe there is something to be said about TTC and parties. I guess I didn’t get it in the 80’s. When this track played in the clubs you could see clearly which guys had been coming out of a break up. But either way it is a groove classic and rescued our 1997 summer!
After what was a pathetic R&B / Hip Hop summer in 1997 we were once again back on top and saved from what was a Too Close call with losing out on musical dominance by the Next group! It was all butta baby!
Next – Too Close (1998)
Ãƒ€šÃ‚ With an opening line of, I wonder if she can tell I’m hard right now, this is the track you want to have playing as the sun is setting on your end of summer pool party when the girls are still in their bikini’s and have enjoyed an appropriate amount of libation to get them moving right. Just throw this track on and watch the real hottness begin. Who can listen to this song and truly resist moving their hips, now get close to that hottie you’ve been spying all day and let the fun begin! Though ok this may not be a ‘Summer’ song it is undeniable that this is a track that is certainly made for it!
Monifah – Touch It (1999)
As we wrap up our list it only seemed appropriate to end with Monifah’s Touch It because after getting all close isn’t that what we were hoping to hear the ladies say to us? Though this track was officially released in 1998 it didn’t really pick up until 1999 and so our judges namely ME say it’s good to go for 1999.
So there you have it! The best of the 90’s dance and hip hop tracks to get your summer’s end party started for sure! I’m actually going to include TWO tracks as bonus tracks that were bangers in the 90’s as well!
TLC – No Scrubs (1995)
In 1995 the hip hop trio TLC released No Scrubs off their Crazy Sexy Cool LP. Back in the day and by that I mean the late 70’s in New York city we used to use the term Scrubs to describe losers, ala man the Met’s are scrubs this year. TLC revitalized that word at least for that summer. Am I the only one who thinks that the 1999 Jennifer Lopez album debut track ‘If You Had My Love’ has a very similar sound to scrubs?
I sure would love to have seen what they might have come up with had it not been for the tragic death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in a car accident.
Heavy D & The Boyz – Nuttin’ But Love (1994)
Lest we not forget mr. Heavy D who dropped this track on us in 1994 for all the gold diggin women of the 90’s and I guess it even applies to chicks today.I got nothin but love for ya honies! That’s right before he was serving up the bomb dishes on the hit show Bones Heavy D was dropping some fun party raps on the crowds. This was the first album after one of his dancers and close friends fell off stage to his death during a performance.
Take note of all the cameos from actors and super models. Even the Noxema girl makes an appearance!
Let us know by leaving a comment below if you think we forgot or didn’t list something that should have been. Hell you can even share YOUR top 90’s play list with us! So Be excellent to each other and PARTY ON!
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